Friday, January 31, 2014

Ten New Broadway Shows Eyed This Spring

As Tony Award season approaches Broadway ramps up with a bevy of blossoming new shows.
Here are ten hugely-anticipated shows opening within the next few months:

Rocky - The musical of the Oscar-winning movie is finally ready for the stage as Rocky and Adrian prepare to burst into song. There are big names behind this big staging which will inhabit the huge, block-long Winter Garden Theater near Times Square.

Bullets Over Broadway - Featuring music from the 1920s and 30s and starring Zach Braff, this is the musicalization of the beloved 1994 movie of the same name.

A Raisin In The Sun - Lorraine Hansberry's classic is back with two of the biggest names imaginable: Danzel Washington and Diahann Carroll. With a limited 14-week run, this is bound to be a very hot ticket.

If/Then - Indina Menzel returns to Broadway in a new musical that considers what might have happened. Multiples stories, characters, sets and scenarios are said to characterize this innovative outing.

Aladdin - Look for the season's most spectacular sets. costumes and special effects in Disney's live version of its 1992 film. This looks like a show for everybody.

The Bridges of Madison County - We've already seen it but we can't tell you about it until it's official opening. Broadway favorite Kelli O'Hara returns with Steven Pasquale as her love interest and Hunter Foster as he husband in the musical version of the romantic book and movie of the same name.

All The Way - The incredible first year of the Lyndon B. Johnson presidency as Johnson pulls out all the stops to enact the Civil Rights Act with Bryan Cranston as LBJ and an all-star cast.

Les Miserables - The newly re-imagined version of this blockbuster musical (back after a five-year absence) with new stars, new sets and Ramin Karimloo making his heralded Broadway debut.

The Velocity of Autumn - Estelle Parsons. Need we say more? The legendary actress stars in this two-character opus (with Stephen Spinella) about a feisty old dame who barricades herself in her Brooklyn home.

Cabaret - Alan Cumming returns in the role that he virtually re-inveted with Danny Burstein and Michelle Williams along with that great Kander and Ebb score and all that (reinvented) decadence.

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